Gotta thank Shannon Noel Brady for nominating me for this one. haha
No I get to inundate you all with some fun answers to some of the better questions I’ve been asked before.
1.What was the first story you ever wrote?
That’s hard to determine since I’ve been writing for fun since I was a little bitty thing. I used to write stories, songs, and poems (terrible terrible poems) about changing the world. I mean the horrid kinds of cliche writing that little idealistic girls write. Topics like Save the Whales and Recycling were frequent issues that I would dote on-Not much has changed has it? haha
2.What book have you read the most times?
Oh man, it has to be Matilda by Roald Dahl. I feasted my eyes on that book so many times as a kid and I still read it sometimes. (I’d like to say because I’m a mom, but even if I didn’t have kids I’m sure I’d revisit it for fun)
3.What are your favorite kinds of characters to write?
I love love love love love side characters, especially the unexpected ones. There’s nothing like sitting down and thinking you know where something is going and then some crazy asshole shows up and sets it all in another direction.
4.How about your favorite kinds of scenes? (Action, steamy, tragic death, etc)
These are the best questions ever. haha I love me some tragedies, but I’m not sure if I could pick what are my fav types of scenes to write. Depends on what mood I’m in. Sometimes it feels really fucking good to let my imagination go nuts and write out an explicit erotic romance scene, but there are days where all I wanna do is be a big kid and write children’s stories about discovering the world.
5.Describe what your writing space looks like.
A disaster! I’m usually pretty organized, but when it comes to the tattered notebooks cluttering up my dresser, I should be ashamed of myself. Thing is I know exactly where everything is so it works. teehee
6.What do you struggle with most as a writer?
Stopping. Sometimes I just want to forget the world exists and write forever. That can be dangerous. It’s addictive and sometimes effects relationships.
7.Any recommendations for good music to write to?
I rarely write to music. Editing is another case. But on the rare occasions that I need some background ambiance, I go for Tchaikovsky or Debussy. I love the Song of the Little Swans from Swan Lake. And Claude knew what he was doing when he mastered Jimbo’s Lullaby and Gollywog’s Cakewalk.
8.What is your most age worn, tattered and battered book on your shelf?
Well it’s on my daughter’s shelf now, but “Little Rascal” by Sterling North. It was my mom and her siblings’ first. I’ve read that one almost as many times as Matilda.
9.What is your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?
I’m gonna piss everyone off and say John Carter. It’s nothing like the book A Princess of Mars. Like not at all! And I so LOVE the Books of Barsoom. But there’s something amazing about how the changes that were made still keep the heart of the story. I’m not sure if Burroughs would be happy with warrior Deja Thoris, but I loved her as a fighter. Created a new dynamic that really worked. And the score is immaculate.
10.Do you have a notes system for on-the-go ideas? Is so share the most random note you’ve jotted down, even if it only makes sense to you.
I have loose sheets of notebook paper filled with story ideas, tidbits, and random thoughts I’m not sure I want to tweet or not. (Some thoughts have to be kept to yourself) There’s a little notepad in my purse covered in keywords, or random sayings. Let’s see what I can dig up for this…hmmm I recently burned most of my writing. First drafts always go to the Gods! haha
So now I guess I have to nominate some of my fellow bloggarians…gift and a curse my friends….gift and a curse haha
No I really enjoyed this so I’m gonna nominate: Dan Alatorre, Dave S. Koster, Ryan Lanz, Owen Booth, and Richard Smyth. (We’ll see who actually does though heehee) And here are the questions you guys get to answer:
- What do you like to eat when writing?
- If you could be any monster, which would you be?
- Do you find that the psychological effects of writing warp reality at times?
- What do you hate most about editing?
- What do you love most about the writing process?
- Blanket, hoodie, or robe? (You can only choose one)
- Caterpillars or butterflies?
- What are your thoughts on the possibility that the characters you create could be real on some plane of existence?
- When sending work out for critiques how do you cope with the waiting?
- How do you celebrate when you work gets published?